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Thailand bans travel from 8 African countries

Thailand bans travel from 8 African countries

BANGKOK: Thailand will ban entry of people travelling from eight African countries it designated as high-risk for the new omicron coronavirus variant, a senior health official said today (Nov 27).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 27 November 2021, 05:21PM


A flurry of nations announced travel bans to and from South Africa after the discovery of the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Photo: AFP

A flurry of nations announced travel bans to and from South Africa after the discovery of the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Photo: AFP

The list of countries is the same as that used by the United States, which announced its ban early today, reports the Bangkok Post.

Starting on Dec 1, travel to Thailand from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, will be prohibited, Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department told a news conference.

People already here who recently came from these countries will also be put in 14-day quarantine starting today, he said.

He added that no case of the new variant had been detected in Thailand.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered agencies to step up vigilance against the new variant.

“If there’s any urgent need for the government to adjust control measures against this new variant, I will order agencies to act immediately,” Prayut said in a Facebook post this morning. “We will closely monitor how this new strain will impact Thailand.”

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